The BEST Episodes of Expedition Unknown

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2019

Network: Discovery

Expedition Unknown chronicles the adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates iconic mysteries across the globe. Gates begins by interviewing key eyewitnesses and uncovering recent developments in the story, then springboards into a fully immersive exploration. This authentic, roughshod adventure leads Gates closer to the truth behind these unanswered global enigmas, such as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane. Josh Gates is an adventurer and avid explorer with a unique brand of humor and passion for off-the-map excursions.

The Secret Solved

#1 - The Secret Solved

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 30, 2019

Breaking news about "The Secret" prompts Josh Gates to race across the globe to find out if the series of puzzles has been solved.

star 8.84
25 votes
Great Women of Ancient Egypt

#2 - Great Women of Ancient Egypt

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 7, 2018

Josh Gates strives to uncover the buried secrets of three of the most powerful and elusive women in ancient Egypt -- Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra; a facial reconstruction project is commissioned to reveal the face of King Tut's mother.

star 8.31
156 votes
Deciphering the Last Nazi Code

#3 - Deciphering the Last Nazi Code

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 10, 2019

Josh Gates ventures into the former Third Reich in search of an elusive Nazi fortune hidden with a code allegedly created by Hitler's private secretary, and embedded into a piece of sheet music.

star 8.30
107 votes
Egypt's Lost Queens

#4 - Egypt's Lost Queens

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 14, 2018

Josh Gates continues his journey through Egypt to unearth the secrets and possibly the final resting places of Nefertiti and Cleopatra.

star 8.28
134 votes
Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls

#5 - Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 7, 2019

Josh Gates travels to the Holy Land to dig in with an archaeologist who has recently discovered new Dead Sea Scrolls. Josh also sees cutting-edge technology restore scroll fragments in a way that could change how we read the Bible.

star 8.24
70 votes
Siberia's Coldest Case

#6 - Siberia's Coldest Case

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 4, 2019

Josh Gates concludes his in-depth investigation of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Taking on Dead Mountain's brutal conditions, Josh and two investigators re-trace the last steps of the hikers. A big discovery could finally solve the mystery.

star 8.21
48 votes
Gold Rush of the Atlantic

#7 - Gold Rush of the Atlantic

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 9, 2019

Josh Gates has a fresh lead on the massive lost treasure of the shipwrecked 1715 Spanish fleet. Josh returns to the waters of Florida's Atlantic coast and dives in with a new expedition that uses the latest high tech to locate the fleet's flagship.

star 8.17
36 votes
Pyramid of Legends

#8 - Pyramid of Legends

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired May 29, 2018

Josh ventures into the ancient Mayan city of El Mirador in search of the lost tombs of a mysterious ruling dynasty, called "the Snake Kings".

star 8.15
147 votes
Samurai Sword of Power

#9 - Samurai Sword of Power

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 26, 2015

Josh searches through various ancient shrines in Japan looking for the mystical Honjo Masamune sword. During his travels, Josh learns the ways of the samurai and is educated on how to forge his own sword.

star 8.14
159 votes
Treasure of the Copper Scroll

#10 - Treasure of the Copper Scroll

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 14, 2019

Josh Gates investigates a unique Dead Sea Scroll etched with riddles that could lead to an ancient treasure. Following new leads, Josh treks into the punishing Jordanian desert in search of the potential fortune.

star 8.13
45 votes
Chasing the Fortune of Sir Francis Drake

#11 - Chasing the Fortune of Sir Francis Drake

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 21, 2019

Josh Gates searches land and sea for the lost fortune of legendary pirate Sir Francis Drake. Joining treasure hunters and maritime archaeologists, Josh hunts for a lost cache of Spanish gold and the remains of Drake himself.

star 8.13
48 votes
Lost City of El Mirador

#12 - Lost City of El Mirador

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 5, 2018

Josh concludes his investigation into the mysterious Maya city of El Mirador, from the possible burial of the elusive Snake Kings to uncovering the secrets behind the fall of one of history's greatest ancient cities.

star 8.12
132 votes
Search for the Sultan's Heart

#13 - Search for the Sultan's Heart

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 16, 2019

Four years after Josh Gates went on a journey to find the lost heart of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, he travels to the newly rediscovered town of Turbek for some shocking new revelations about the case.

star 8.10
30 votes
The Secret

#14 - The Secret

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 17, 2018

Josh travels all over the US to find the treasures featured in The Secret, a cryptic book published in the 1980s. He meets with members of the book's cult following, who each think they're on the verge of finding one of the 10 remaining treasures.

star 8.09
170 votes
The Search for Florida's Lost Pirate

#15 - The Search for Florida's Lost Pirate

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 11, 2019

Josh Gates sets sail for Florida chasing the long-lost treasure of Jose Gaspar. Josh joins marine archaeologists and treasure hunters working to crack the mysteries of the pirate's life so they can find the riches he left behind.

star 8.09
47 votes
Hunt For The Metal Library

#16 - Hunt For The Metal Library

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 31, 2018

Josh travels through the jungles of Ecuador to explore the watery depths of Tayos Cave for a legendary set of metal plates believed to be created by an advanced ancient civilization.

star 8.08
142 votes
The Hunt for the Golden Owl

#17 - The Hunt for the Golden Owl

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired May 29, 2019

Josh Gates stalks prey that has eluded capture for 25 years, the Golden Owl. A book of riddles gives cryptic clues to where the Owl statuette, worth half a million dollars, is hidden. Josh joins treasure hunters using new leads to chase the fortune.

star 8.08
51 votes
Lost Tomb of the Mummy

#18 - Lost Tomb of the Mummy

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 18, 2019

Josh Gates heads to an active dig site in Egypt, where he joins famous archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass on the cusp of an incredible discovery: the mummy of an ancient High Priest.

star 8.07
30 votes
Lost Spanish Fortune, Found!

#19 - Lost Spanish Fortune, Found!

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jun 14, 2017

Josh Gates travels the coast of Florida and to the newly opened country of Cuba in search of sunken treasure from a fleet of Spanish ships sunk in 1715. The hunt takes him deep into the Atlantic and into the previously sealed National Archives of Cuba.

star 8.06
187 votes
Mystery of Dead Mountain

#20 - Mystery of Dead Mountain

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 28, 2019

Braving the sub-zero conditions of Siberia, Josh Gates investigates one of the strangest and most brutal cold cases of all-time: the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Nine Soviet hikers died suspiciously. Sixty years later, no one knows how or why.

star 8.06
64 votes
Nazis in Argentina

#21 - Nazis in Argentina

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 12, 2018

Josh ventures to Argentina, where many Nazi SS officers escaped to after World War II.

star 8.05
131 votes
Legend of the Crystal Skull

#22 - Legend of the Crystal Skull

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired May 15, 2019

Josh Gates enters Central America's jungles to investigate the legendary crystal skull discovered by a renowned adventurer who was the inspiration for Indiana Jones. Josh probes whether the skull is an invaluable relic or archaeology's tallest tale.

star 8.05
77 votes
Yamashita's Gold

#23 - Yamashita's Gold

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 10, 2016

Josh travels to the Philippines searching for Yamashita's Gold, a treasure that has been hidden since World War II. When the cave Josh explores quickly fills with water, will he escape with a piece of history before he's trapped?

star 8.04
147 votes
Plummer's Gold

#24 - Plummer's Gold

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 2, 2016

Josh Gates heads to Montana, the Gold Rush territory to search for the missing fortune of notorious Old West sheriff, Henry Plummer.

star 8.04
321 votes
America's Lost WWII Hero

#25 - America's Lost WWII Hero

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired May 22, 2019

Josh Gates explores the case of lost World War II hero Gertrude "Tommy" Tompkins of the Women Air Force Service Pilots, who went missing when her P-51 Mustang crashed. Josh joins search teams using cutting-edge technology to bring the lost hero home.

star 8.03
60 votes